Omnia Ad Dei Gloriam (or, Les the Least Straightens the Lord)

Book, Music & Lyrics by Gerald Fried

Omnia Ad Dei Gloriam (or, Les the Least Straightens the Lord)

at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

  • Friday, July 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Friday, July 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm

The legend of the wise fool comes to life as never before in this jazzy comic oratorio. Les the Least, as his name would portend, is the least of the lesser angels. He can’t seem to do anything properly – not even the simple heavenly task of greasing the Lord’s lightning bolts. But when the Lord gets fed up with humanity and turns Earth over to Satan, it’s up to Les to save the day (and hopefully not make a total mess of things, as usual)!

Running Time: 1 hour 20 minutes with no intermission.

Gerald Fried

Gerald Fried (Book / Music / Lyrics)

Gerald Fried is an Oscar and Grammy-nominated, multi-nominated Emmy-winning film and TV composer, playwright, librettist, woodwind performer (jazz and concert), and actor. He co-wrote the Emmy-winning album Roots with Quincy Jones. 

Wrote and conducted several hundred film and TV scores including: Stanley Kubrick's first five movies (Paths of Glory, The Killing, etc.); Roots; Roots: The Next GenerationsThe Bell Jar; One Potato, Two Potato; Napoleon and Josephine; The Mystic Warrior; Birds Do It, Bees Do It; The Cabinet of Caligari; The Second Time Around; Deathwatch; Too Late The Hero; The Killing of Sister George; Gauguin in Tahiti; Moviola; Machine Gun Kelly; etc.

Multiple television series including: Original (Classical) Star Trek series (Honored Dec. 2012 in Hollywood), Man From U.N.C.L.E., Mission Impossible, Ben Casey, Gun Smoke, Gilligan's Island, Riverboat, etc.

Wrote music and libretto for oratorios and plays: Omnia Ad Dei Gloriam, or, Les the Least Straightens the Lord (KCET and Los Angeles Music Festival 1966), Rock of Angels (Santa Fe Pro Musica at the Lensic 2005), The Fourth Floor Jesus, Spirit of Saint Louis, Some Mountains Talk (1993-2001) Morningtime Train: Armory Theater in Santa Fe: 4/2009: Spark, Shmark? at the Greer Garson, 2011. 

Scott Bearden

Scott Bearden (Satan)

Scott Bearden has performed the roles of Chevreuse (Maria Di Rohan) for the Caramoor Festival, Germont (La traviata) for Opera Theatre of Connecticut, Fremont Opera, and Toledo Opera. For Mercury Opera, he appeared in the title role of Falstaff, a role he also performed with Toledo Opera the prior season.

During the 2008 – 2009 season, Mr. Bearden appeared as Iago (Otello) with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Tonio (I Pagliacci) for Knoxville Opera, covered Conte di Luna for San Francisco Opera's production of Il trovatore, a role he also performed for Festival Opera in the summer of 2008. Mr. Bearden returned to OSJ as a featured soloist in the company's 25th Anniversary Gala Concert in September of 2008. And on May 31, 2008, Mr. Bearden was named the First Prize winner and Audience Favorite in the Second Annual Irene Dalis Vocal Competition.

During the 2007 – 2008 season, Mr. Bearden received First Prize in the Second Annual Chester Ludgin Memorial American Verdi Baritone Competition in New York City on November 8, 2007. Out of a field of over 60 applicants, Mr. Bearden was honored with the First Prize from the 10 finalists who were chosen to compete for the top prizes in this very prestigious competition. Judges for this important competition included Placido Domingo, conductor Julius Rudel, singer Mignon Dunn and Ken Benson, VP of Columbia Artists Management. Other 2007 – 2008 engagements included the title role in OSJ's Rigoletto and Dr. Bartolo (The Barber of Seville).

Matthew Curran

Matthew Curran (The Lord)

Matthew Curran, bass, is from Princeton, NJ. Career highlights include: Daland - Der Fliegender Holländer (Opera Roanoke), Colline - La Bohème (Atlanta Opera, Opera Grand Rapids), Angelotti - Tosca (Hawaii Opera), Collatinus - The Rape of Lucretia (Opera Memphis), Beethoven's 9th (Jacksonville Symphony), Sarastro - The Magic Flute (St. Louis Symphony), Raimondo - Lucia di Lammermoor (Baltimore Concert Opera), Brahms' Requiem (Symphony Silicon Valley), Inspector Watts (cover) - Séance on a Wet Afternoon (New York City Opera), Bérénice - American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Messiah (Garden State Philharmonic), and Edwin Cheney - Shining Brow (Buffalo Philharmonic) by Daron Hagen. Also performed with Zürich Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera New Jersey, New Orleans Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Central City Opera among others. BM - Loyola U. New Orleans, MM - Indiana U.

Kimberly Sogioka

Kimberly Sogioka (The Evangelist)

Kimberly Sogioka is a frequent performer of new music. Recently Ms. Sogioka sang Nurse 3 in the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera workshop of Michael Torke's Senna, mezzo soloist in the Metropolitan Opera's workshop of Scott Wheeler's The Sorrows of Frederic, Susanna in Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles with the Aspen Opera Theatre Center, and has collaborated with Clint Borzoni in his world premier opera Margot Alone in the Light and Antinous and Hadrian, as well as with Stephen Andrew, Taylor performing scenes from his opera Paradises Lost with Operamission.

Upcoming engagements include performances with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the roloe of Nerone in Handel's Agrippina with Operamission.

Elizabeth de Trejo

Elizabeth de Trejo (Girl)

Elizabeth de Trejo upcoming operatic engagements include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, and the title role in Bellini's masterpiece, Norma. Elizabeth performed with much acclaim the role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Tampa and returned to Carnegie Hall to perform as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana. Ms. de Trejo returned to Opera Tampa for the role of Violetta in La Traviata, toured with the Florida Orchestra as guest soloist, and performed concerts of Zarzuela in Mexico City and Lincoln Center. Ms. de Trejo has worked with the Metropolitan Opera in Lulu, and in recent seasons, made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist under the baton of composer John Rutter.

Mauricio Trejo

Mauricio Trejo (Les the Least)

Mauricio Trejo was born in Mexico City. He is steadily building a name as a leading tenor of the Verisimo Repertoire and has been hailed as "a tenor with a silver bullet top," "the possor of a clear and powerful instrument of great beauty," and "a revelation." having obtained his Master Of Music from Manhattan School of Music, Mauricio has performed many leading tenor roles including Carmen, Tosca, Cavilliero Rusticana, La Traviata and Madama Butterfly with such companies as The New York Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, New Israeli Opera and Operahaus Zurich. He is a Sony Classical Recording artist.

Charles Maryan

Charles Maryan (Director)

Mr. Maryan has directed an extensive number of world- and New York premieres of contemporary operas. New York productions (many of them for Center for Contemporary Opera) include Vera of Las Vegas (Hagen/Muldoon), The Postman Always Rings Twice (Paulus/Graham), Markheim (Floyd/Stevenson), Transformations (Susa/Sexton), The Medium and The Telephone (Menotti), Angel Levine (Siegmeister/Malamud), Sorry, Wrong Number (Beeson/Fletcher), Tale for a Deaf Ear (Bucci), The Bald Soprano (Kalminoff/Ionesco), Kafka: Letter to My Father (Walden/Kafka), Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights (Walden/Stein).

Off Broadway directing includes Ira Levin's Cantorial (Lambs Theatre), New York 1937 by Jose Iglesias (JRT), Mercy Street by Anne Sexton (American Place Theatre), First Week in Bogota by Robert Cessna (Playwrights Horizons), The Last Girl Singer by Deborah Grace Winer (Women's Project), The Aunts by Gary Bonasorte (47th Street Theatre), The World of Wallowitch, conceived with John Wallowitch (cabaret).

In London, Mr. Maryan directed Murray Schisgal's The Typist and the Tiger, starring Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach (Globe Theatre) and Judd Lear Silverman' s Personal Affairs (ETC Theatre, previously Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

Matthew Aaron Stern (Stage Manager)

Broadway: Hands On A Hardbody, Death Of A Salesman, An Evening with Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin, Baby It's You, The Little Mermaid, Wicked, Fiddler..., Oldest Living Confederate..., The Phantom Of The Opera, Enchanted April, The Full Monty, Grease, Play On! Tours: 700 Sundays, Les Miserables, Grease. Other: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Blue Man Group Hollywood Bowl and numerous corporate events. Instructor, Stage Management at SUNY Purchase. Beautiful boys, Noah & Dominick.

Lana Fritz (Costume Designer)

Lana Fritz has created costume designs for numerous Off Broadway productions. Her credits include designs for a variety of regional theatres on both coasts as well as twelve productions for the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York. Ms. Fritz has also created costumes for Shakespeare festivals and network and cable television productions. She is an Assistant Professor at Purchase College-SUNY.

Andy Hall (Set Design)

Andy Hall is a set designer whose work has been featured at many theaters including Two River Theater Company, The Hangar Theatre, Syracuse Stage, The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, and The Juilliard School. Andy currently teaches Rendering and Scene Design at SUNY Purchase. Recent design projects include Leonardo's Workshop at Discovery Times Square and Field Station Dinosaurs, an interactive, educational theme park featuring over 30 life size animatronic dinosaurs located in Secaucus New Jersey.

Anne Phillips

Anne Phillips (Arranger)

Anne Phillips is a singer, composer, arranger, conductor, producer has had a career that has covered almost every area of the music business; singing demos for the new pop composers Carole King, Neil Diamond, Burt Bacharach, contracting and singing on hundreds of recording sessions, composing, arranging and producing the music for commercials such as Pepsi and Sheraton Hotels and, as a solo singer, her classic album Born to be Blue and most recent Ballet Time with various old friends including Dave Brubeck and Marian McPartland. Her venture into opera began some years ago with her jazz opera, Bending Towards the Light ... A Jazz Nativity and composing two ten minute Operas for Opera Shorts presented at Weill Hall by the Remarkable Theater Brigade. Upcoming: Musical Portraits, Mar 14, '14 a concert presented by Chelsea Opera featuring the music of three composers.  In addition her song cycle, An Alaskan Trilogy, will be a part of Sundays at the Huntington series in Columbus.

Anne Phillips (Music Coordinator / Singer)

Anne Phillips is also a composer, arranger, conductor, producer whose career has covered almost every area of the music business; her classic album is Born to be Blue and most recent Ballet Time on which she sings with various old friends including Dave Brubeck and Marian McPartland. Her venture into opera began years with her jazz opera, Bending Towards the Light ... A Jazz Nativity and ten minute Operas for Opera Shorts presented by the Remarkable Theater Brigade. Upcoming: Musical Portraits, Mar 14, '14 a concert presented by Chelsea Opera featuring the music of three composers.

Bruce Heath

Bruce Heath (Movement Consultant)

Mr. Heath is a graduate of the High School Of Performing Arts in New York City.Than moved to california to start a career in Television,Film and Las Vegas.  Mr. Heath has worked with stars as Ann Margaret, Shirley MacLaine, Tina Turner, and Leslie Uggams.This lead him to become an to assistant to great directors and choreographers in the industry.  Mr. Heath was the resident choreographer on ABC's Life Goes On and one of the choreographers on the Opening Ceremonies of the Los Angeles 1994 Olympics. This lead to Associate choreographer on the Broadway Production of Sophisticated Ladies and has directed numerous European tours of the show.  Also companies of Five Guys Named Moe and Brigadoon. Mr. Heath has received the NAACP Theater Award for Director and Choreographer of a Broadway show and the Bronze Leo Dance Award for choreography at the Jazz Dance World Congress.He has also done choreography for The Center For The Contemporary Opera, Angel Levine, Kafka's Letters To His Father, Summer and Vera of Las Vegas and For the Classical Theatre of Harlem, Dream On Monkey Mountain, Mother Courage and Her Children, Ain't I Supposed To Die A Natural Death, and Cherry Blossom.

Lew Soloff

Lew Soloff (Lead Trumpet)

Lew Soloff is a consummate fixture on the New York jazz scene. His career is filled with a rich history of renowned sessions and world-class collaborations. He first became widely known as the trumpet player with Blood Sweat and Tears. The The Lew Soloff Quartet, an all-star unit, tours Europe regularly, Lew Soloff And The Afro Cuban Ensemble is creating excitement around New York City, (the acclaimed Cuban bandleader Machito was one of his early mentors) he is a regular in Carla Bley's Big Band and remains a founding member, along with leader David Matthews, of The Manhattan Jazz Quintet.